A Baird Televisor window display model, circa 1930, on the Plessey design,
Lot 695W
A Baird Televisor window display model, circa 1930, on the Plessey design,
Sold for £5,040 (US$ 8,471) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Baird Televisor window display model,
circa 1930, on the Plessey design,
with a textured monochrome portrait of John Logie Baird on a 3.1/2in. lantern slide in viewing aperture, lit from behind with bulb and line-drum "lamp shade" suspended from heat-wheel, in painted Plessey-style aluminium case with rounded corners, twin case extensions at the back, on wood base with bracket feet, twin red line decoration 28in. (71.5cm) wide

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    Mechanical Music and Technical Apparatus Christie's, 18 October 2005, lot 27.

    The display model differs from the actual Plessey Televisor in several ways including; the top corners being more rounded, the line decoration being executed with greater care and the wooden baseboard being visible at the edges.


    M.B-L comments: These window displays were obviously made in very small numbers. This example has the number 10 chalked on the inside which may or may not be original. There is a rubber tube which one blows gently into to start the 'lamp shade' rotating. The heat generated from the light bulb then makes the rotation continuous. As a demonstration piece it is highly convincing especially as a double thick black line crosses the screen once for every rotation of the shade. The only other example I have seen was one at Christie’s which sadly was incomplete missing its shade."
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